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Selected Sundials of Arizona

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Bullhead City Arizona USA Horizontal Monofilar Dial 458
This horizontal dial is an engraved flagstone approximately 42 inches in diameter designed by John Carmichael. The monofilar gnomon is a stranded brass cable that extends upward to a height of 18 inches and is held taught by a rock counterweight. Hour lines and direction of sunrise and sunset for the equinoxes and solstices are given. Also has noon Mark, The Equation of time, and a 32-point Compass Rosette
 
 
Bumble Bee Arizona USA Horizontal Dial 389
Horizontal dial approximately 10 feet in diameter. Made of concrete and granite. Commemorates Arizona Dept. of Transportation employees who were killed in the line of duty.
 
 
Carefree Arizona USA Horizontal Dial 1
A 90 ft. diameter horizontal dial with a large reflecting pool beneath the gnomon designed by John Yellott. The hour markers are 4 ft. diameter concrete circles. The dial is designed to show solar time corrected for the time zone offset. Thus the hour markers have been moved ahead of the solar time position. The hour lines are separated by alternating dark and light colored stones. The gnomon itself is 4 ft. wide, 62 ft. long and the tip is 35 ft. high. A pilot dial at a scale of 1/4 in. =1ft. is at the South end of the large dial. It is constructed of gold-anodized aluminum with time lines at 10 minute intervals. An equation of time plaque is nearby. The upper surface of the dial formerly served as a solar water heater to provide hot water to the city's first office building. Numerals face outward, so that they are more easily read by viewers.
 
 
Casa Grande Arizona USA Horizontal Monofilar Dial 457
This horizontal dial is an engraved flagstone approximately 40 inches in diameter designed by John Carmichael. The monofilar gnomon is a stranded brass cable that extends upward to a height of 15 inches and is held taught by a rock counterweight. The engraved stone shows time marks to 5 minutes, corrected for longitude. Time and direction of sunrise and sunset for the equinoxes and solstices are also given.
 
 
Flagstaff Arizona USA Horizontal Dial 2
Small horizontal dial on carved pedestal. It was a gift from the observatory staff to Dr. Lowell. In a thank you note to his staff, Lowell stated," Nothing could have pleased me more than that Sundial clothed with its mountain cloak, symbolic of when the sun always shines. It shall be inscribed with all your names and set up on the top of Mars Hill ?" A square stone base supports a tapering cylindrical column. At the top is a square plinth supporting the small horizontal dial. As of March 1996, the dial has resided inside the observatory building.
 
 
Flagstaff Arizona USA Horizontal Dial 3
Built by Dr. Art Adel (now deceased). Contact Mrs. Adel to arrange viewing.
 
 
Flagstaff Arizona USA Horizontal Dial 313
This cast iron horizontal dial is set in a 6 foot diameter limestone base 2 feet off the ground. The interior region of the dial face is a white tile mosaic. The gnomon has pictures of buffalo and a horned lizard done in relief. The edge of the dial is a cast iron ring, upon which are four cardinal points and hour markers from 5am to 7pm, likewise in cast iron. The dial is corrected to mountain standard time.
 
 
Gold Canyon Arizona USA Horizontal Dial 657
Built as an Eagle Scout project, this 10 x 5 foot semicircular concrete and steel dial features a 3 foot tall figure of a coyote as the gnomon. The tip of the coyote's nose functions as a point-in-space gnomon. The figure is placed well forward, limiting the times and dates the nose-tip shadow will fall within the hour circle to about 9 am to 3 pm on dates near the summer solstice.
 
 
Lake Havasu City Arizona USA Horizontal Dial 647
An 8 x 9 foot horizontal dial of powder coat painted aluminum panels 1/4-inch thick assembled onto a concrete pad. Perimeter shows Arabic hour numerals 9-2 with 5-minute dots placed in arcs below the numerals. EOT correction is provided through four graphics on the dial face under the gnomon and sliding "T Square" indicators showing the corrections on rulers. EOT values are corrected for longitude. Dial face plates are supported on poured concrete pad. Dial is on private property. Contact the owner to arrange viewing.
 
 
Mesa Arizona USA Equatorial Dial 302
Very handsome equatorial dial of bronze and marble, approximately 50 in. diameter. Sits on a triangular base atop marble pedestal 39 in. x39 in. x24 in. high. Inside brick-walled enclosure about 21 in. square.
 
 
Oracle Arizona USA Horizontal Dial 6
A brightly colored horizontal dial 4 feet in diameter. Dial is white ceramic with tile edging. Hour lines are bright arrows, adjusted for local longitude. At the north point is a graph of the Equation of Time and at the south point is the bright face of a sun. Ringing the dial is an inscription. Base is a concrete "flower" approximately 2 feet high. Near by is an approximately 15 foot long Noon Mark or Meridian Line with the months of the year marked on it. The shadow is cast by a small electric power pole.
 
 
Oro Valley Arizona USA Combination Dial 713
A massive, 24 foot tall combination almost-vertical and calendrical dial facing southwest so that northeast bound traffic can easily view the dial. The 13 foot diameter vertical ring dial of welded, zinc-coated steel declines 45? west and reclines 12? from vertical. The 3 inch diameter, 20 foot long polar-pointing gnomon tube is supported in space by a 10 inch diameter support tube with a cone nodus on the bottom end. The vertical dial shows longitude-corrected MST with hour and half-hour marks and Arabic numerals on the outer stainless steel chapter ring. The calendrical dial solar noon line is a bronze plaque atop a triangular, fin-shaped concrete pedestal and inclined at the latitude angle, allowing the equinox mark to be in the center of the date line with the indicating shadow cast by the cone nodus on the bottom of the gnomon support tube. Other significant dates indicated include the solstices, date of dial dedication, date of Oro Valley incorporation and the date of Arizona statehood. As of July, 2012 the date line of the calendrical dial remains fully designed but incomplete and uninstalled so this portion of the dial is not functional. Dialist John Carmichael reports this is the most difficult and complex project he has designed. The dial base is a modern sculpture of welded steel plates by artist Jon Seeman. This 10,600 pound monumental dial was three years in design and fabrication.
 
 
Phoenix Arizona USA Vertical Dial 772
A dual-vertical cube dial with two 12 inch square dial plates declining 45? south of east and south of west. The east face shows hour lines for 6 AM to 12 PM; the west face shows hour lines for 12 PM to 6 PM. Roman numerals mark three hour lines on each face. The other two faces of the cube hold plaques with EOT corrections and information about its dedication for the Arizona Centenary in 2012. The dial faces and the EOT plaque are ceramic tile, diamond engraved and filled with black grout. The gnomons are thick-profile copper and made small to cast shadows on only the hour lines. The dial is about 5 feet high overall with a stucco-coated pedestal made of concrete blocks resting on a massive, reinforced concrete base
 
 
Phoenix Arizona USA Horizontal Dial 7
This large ground-level horizontal dial designed by Charles Keener. Dial is a circular concrete slab 62 in. diameter and 8 in. thick. The gnomon is 30 in. high, 41 in. substile, 55 in. stile. Dial has Roman numerals. Unfortunately, the 6AM and 8AM numerals are missing. Ground level dial composed of concrete slab 62 inch diameter and 8 inch thick.
 
 
Phoenix Arizona USA Horizontal Dial 578
A 10 foot diameter horizontal dial with steel gnomon. Live desert plants fill planters delineated by hour lines.
 
 
Prescott Arizona USA Vertical Dial 585
An 18x20 inch cast bronze vertical dial declining 22? west of south on the wall of a private home. Dial face includes a stylized sun and outline of Thumb Butte, a prominent local landmark. Dial can be viewed by first contacting the owner.
 
 
Sahuarita Arizona USA Azimuth Dial 623
An unusual dial by John Carmichael using a "Point in Space" gnomon; only the shadow cast by the tip of the 6 inch angled rod gnomon is used to indicate time. The dial face is poured concrete with inlayed metal longitude-corrected hour lines, and is nearly horizontal, inclining just 1.27 degrees for water drainage. It declines 89.28 degrees east of south. Bronze plaque has User Instructions and an Equation of Time Graph. Dial functions best during the middle part of the day. The style shadow lies outside of the dial face boundaries in the early mornings and late afternoons. The massive elaborate base that supports the gnomon rod is made from stacked flagstone. A waterfall cascades from the back south side of the base and flows a long distance to the south through a canal that has several water fountains and pools along the way. Around the base is a planter with bedding plants. The base and gnomon are lighted at night.
 
 
Sun City Arizona USA Horizontal Dial 8
A monumental horizontal dial in a gravel rock garden. Gnomon is 22 feet high, 40 feet long built from a structural steel "I" beam 64 feet long. Gnomon is supported by three concrete triangular legs and is encased in concrete with four shadow-casting style edges. A circular concrete walkway under the gnomon has painted Roman numeral hour markers. This dial had significantly deteriorated and was in danger of demolition in 2011 when rescued by the efforts of Sun City residents, numerous Sundial Mail List letters explaining its significance and, particularly, an advocacy letter by NASS member Roger Bailey. NASS member John Carmichael was instrumental in coordinating these efforts, which led to complete restoration and re-dedication in October, 2011. The dial was a center piece of the innovative Sun City planned community, built in the early 1970's by visionary developer John Meeker.
 
 
Superior Arizona USA Horizontal Dial 105
A small 8 in. bronze horizontal dial with raised Arabic numerals marking the hours. The dial is set on a massive cobble stone and mortar base suitable for sitting upon while watching the hours.
 
 
Surprise Arizona USA Horizontal Dial 574
A 108-inch diameter granite dial face with a 92-inch steel gnomon and nodus. Dial furniture includes a solar noon mark, sunrise and sunset points on the solstices and equinoxes, ecliptic date lines and an EOT graph.